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The commuter bike can be anything and everything really. However, there are some aspects of a commuter bike that are a little more user-friendly than jumping on your full suspension bike or an aero carbon time trial bike.
Most people’s cycling commute can vary between five to twenty miles each way, so the type of bike you choose may vary a little depending on the distance and what kind of weather conditions you will use it in.
The Commuter bike often supports full mudguards to protect you from water, mud and dirt. Pannier racks to enable you to carry your personal belongings in. Straight bar handlebars for comfort. Robust frames to withstand daily wear and tear and sealed bearing to help keep the water and dirt out for longevity of the bike.
There are some specific details to commuter bikes that you may want to consider when choosing your commuter bike. Smaller 26” wheels are often popular to enable tight city centre commuting with a lot of stop, starting. They are often a little quicker off the mark. Upright position to help with ease of handling.
However, some people may have a varied commute and have to jump on a bus or train as part of their commute. So a folding bike may be of interest to you if you need to save space on the train, bus and under the desk.
Everyone’s commute will be slightly different, so identifying what you may require is the first bit. For instance, if your commute is partly on the canal and off-road tracks you may want to consider a hybrid bike or gravel bike.